Have you ever noticed how different you feel and act when you are in love? The whole world opens up, flowers bloom like the first day of spring after a long winter, and you notice things that have always been there but suddenly appear like they are in technocolor after having watched black-and-white TV your whole life. Such is the heart inflame with love. When a romance writer’s characters are in love, the reader absolutely must feel it. For the reader to live vicariously through our characters, there must be a sense that life for our character in love is completely different in every way. In some ways, it’s like the difference Continue reading
It was the first day of ballroom class. Sweat formed on my brow as I glanced around the studio with mirrored walls and wooden floor at the other dancers who were warming up for the class, swinging their partners around with perfect posture and poise. No one could believe that I wasn’t there to prepare for a wedding or a formal dance, and that I had actually come with my girlfriend of my own volition just because I’d wanted to.
I was in my mid-twenties, and I had recently fallen in love with Fred Astaire movies. The way Fred would dance so gracefully and swing Ginger around the dance floor was nothing Continue reading